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Friesian horse: character and price

Friesian horse: character and price


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The Friesian horse it is an animal with ancient origins and its fame has always been growing, today it is mainly used in dressage, bindings and equestrian shows but in its "career" it has held many different roles alongside us. If we want to do some gossip before going to know its characteristics, it must be said that it is also the official breed chosen to pull the carriage of the Dutch royal family, since it is originally from the Netherlands. It is not only for this, however, that he was chosen, there are objective elements in addition to patriotism, which may have led to this choice. The Friesian horse it is an extremely elegant animal with a beautiful line, and at the same time also robust and powerful, you can see that it does not struggle either to tow or to run.

Friesian horse: origins

The name of the breed betrays its origin, it was in fact born in the Dutch province of Friesland and it is one of the oldest equine breeds in all of Europe with its 3 millennia of life by our side, almost always. The ancestors of the Frisian belong to an even older breed that always lived in the same region, between the north of the Netherlands and Germany. In Roman times we are sure that this horse was present, we read about it in the testimonies and it is clear that it was an animal used mainly for work in the fields.

Change career then in Middle Ages where it was used as a fighting horse, appreciated because it was tireless and robust, not at all capricious but very powerful and able to bear the weight of the knights with all their armor. It was also appreciated at the same time for its aesthetics and for the coat that we will see to be very particular.

If we pass to the 16th century, under Charles V, in the Netherlands we find the Spanish domination and precisely this period there breed of Friesians ancient one goes to mix with the Iberian horses and a lighter horse comes out, used in two different areas, ceremonies and the transport of cannons. We see many representations of it in splendid paintings by Flemish painters who tell us how it was used and appreciated by the painters' contemporaries. When in the 19th century in Europe the trot racing fashion this horse was trained to win, but also crossed with other breeds to be more performing. It was not yet an official breed, there were no standards and criteria, until 1879 when a group of breeders met to establish the characteristic elements of the breed with the book "Herd Book of the Friesian horse"

The two world wars marked the evolution of the breed, after the first very few specimens remained and to preserve the genetic heritage, the breeders excluded any crossbreeding with other breeds, in the second it spread again so much, helping men at a time when the means of transport they were lacking.

An important moment in the career of the Friesian horse is that of 1954 when Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted the Friesian horse breeding company the title of "royal company" and thus became its protector. With the spread of show jumping the breed went into crisis because it did not have the right physique to achieve good results, but later managed to position itself well in other disciplines such as attacks. Today there is no risk of the Friesian becoming extinct, it is one of the most popular horses in the world because handsome and tireless, used to tow royal carriages or for sports competitions.

Friesian horse: characteristics

Beautiful and beloved, this breed has rather strict standards, for example the height at the withers must be understood between 153 and 166 cm and the weight between 450 and 600 kg, but not only: the coat must be exclusively dark brown.

Within the same breed we can distinguish three different lines, the "baroque", more robust, the classic", imposing but slender, and the "modern", definitely lighter than the others. In all three cases it is always a very elegant and harmonious animal, also admired for its beautiful wavy and particularly thick mane.

Its head is noble, sometimes slightly ram, with two big and expressive eyes and small ears slightly tilted towards each other, always very attentive. The neck is slightly curved and long like the back ending in a not too small or sloping croup. We arrive at the shoulders that are always long and strong, strong are also the feet and the whole legs.

As for the hair, we find in the Friesian horse very thick hair both in the tail and in the mane, sometimes even wavy, always very long. Breed registries only admit Friesians with a black cloak, no other color is allowed in addition to a possible small star of maximum 3 centimeters on the forehead.

Friesian horses: character

We are facing a horse of character. His nature is indefatigable and determined and at the same time very lively. It is an animal that is not entirely mild but cheerful and helpful, it has always been very keen on its independence but this does not mean that it has an attitude of detachment towards its owner.

Friesian horse: breeding

While not an Italian breed, it is widespread throughout Europe and we can find farms that also deal with it in our territory. L'PGP breeding is a reference for the Frisian, in Emilia Romagna, in the province of Reggio Emilia, municipality of Castellarano. It turns out to be the first breeding in Italy of Friesian horses, recognized and associated with KFPS and Friesian Horse. In Tuscany we find the "Razza del Sagittario" breeding, in the province of Siena, in the municipality of Montepulciano. In this case we can find our Frisians bred together with Spanish horses.

Friesian horses: price

Difficult to establish a cost range for this much desired animal but also easy to find. Some specimens are on sale at about a thousand euros but it all depends on the characteristics of the individual if not on age and sex.

If you are also interested in other horse breeds you can read our article dedicated to all breeds of horses with articles dedicated to each breed.


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